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Reentry Resource Guides

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Included in every First Aid Reentry Kit is a Reentry Resource Guide (RRG) full of information for agencies, organizations, ministries and businesses that provide assistance in the home county of the returning citizen. We are committed to developing these RRGs for all 100 counties in North Carolina.

We are also committed to making all of our RRGs available free of charge to anyone who may need one, whether that is a returning citizen, a probation officer, a peer support specialist or any other member of the community. Click on the image or link below for the RRG you need. All we ask is that when you share one of our RRGs, please share it in its entirety. 

Also, while we strive to keep our RRGs current and accurate, we ask that you let us know if you find anything that isn't correct. You may reach out to us at contact@ourjourney2gether.com.

Not Listed in our RRGs?

Are you part of a North Carolina agency, organization, faith-based group or business that provides assistance to individuals returning after incarceration, yet you aren't listed in our Reentry Resource Guide for your county (or counties)? We want to hear from you!

Please click
here to provide us with your information. Someone from OurJourney will then reach out to you to discuss inclusion in our RRGs.

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Swain

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Transylvania

Still need help? Try these other great reentry support tools. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why do none of the Reentry Resource Guides have a category for Housing Assistance?

OurJourney's RRGs are designed to be given to individuals on the day of their release (or shortly thereafter). By then, either the returning citizen has an approved home plan or will be released as unhoused. Given that there is little chance that someone who is unhoused will immediately find a bed, we don't want to give anyone false hope by listing housing resources in our RRGs. 

Instead, we always list One-Stop Resource Centers, which often will offer referrals for transitional or temporary housing assistance. 

While OurJourney doesn’t yet offer transitional housing, we are pleased and honored to partner with Crossroads Reentry, a nonprofit organization in the Charlotte area with over 20 years experience helping men and women returning from prison secure approved home plans before and after their release. Click here if you are trying to find transitional housing for your client, loved one or for yourself. 

2. My county RRG isn't available yet but it says "coming soon." What does that mean?

OurJourney will continue to develop RRGs until we have one completed for all of North Carolina's 100 counties. We develop new RRGs every month. Keep checking back until you see yours. ​

3. What process does OurJourney use to develop RRGs?

We follow the procedures listed below when developing a new RRG:

  • We consult with formerly incarcerated individuals in the county to find out what resource providers helped them the most. 

  • We conduct online searches, often utilizing existing resource guides when we find them (or example, NCWorks has developed resource guides for every county in North Carolina), adapting them to including resources specifically for returning citizens, when possible. 

  • We follow the "word of mouth" trail when possible to learn of resource providers we would never find online. 

  • OurJourney staff or volunteers call nearly every resource provider to confirm all of the information we've found on them and to learn more about the ways they may assist people returning after incarceration, including if there are certain people they won't help. We also always ask if they charge fees for their services and, if so, what those fees are.

  • Finally, for many organizations listed as One-Stop Resource Centers and Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Assistance, we may visit these locations in person to learn more. 

4. What does the green check mark mean beside certain listings?

The green check marks besides certain listings means that OurJourney has gotten to know the organization well enough to recommend them wholeheartedly to our clients. 

5. I noticed that some listings in your RRGs are actually for organizations in neighboring counties. Why?

North Carolina has many small, rural counties that are limited in support organizations. Individuals returning to these counties will sometimes find it necessary to travel to a larger county nearby for even basic assistance. This is not ideal, of course, because most often a condition of post-release is that the returning citizen not travel outside his or her county. In those cases, most Probation Officers will permit this so that the person can get assistance, but OurJourney still includes a disclaimer for every listing outside of the county that says, "Always ask your Probation Officer before leaving your county." 

6. My organization isn't listed in your RRG but should be. How can we get added? 

Are you part of a North Carolina agency, organization, faith-based group or business that provides assistance to individuals returning after incarceration, yet you aren't listed in our Reentry Resource Guide for your county (or counties)? We want to hear from you! Please click here to provide us with your information. Someone from OurJourney will then reach out to you to discuss inclusion in our RRGs.

7. I noticed that some information in an OurJourney RRG is incorrect or dated. What should I do?

We strive to make sure our RRGs stay updated, but with 100 counties in North Carolina, we sometimes miss things. If you notice an error in any of our RRGs, please email us at contact@ourjourney2gether.com.

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